The Chilliwack nurse’s romantic and physical relationship with a client breached confidentiality standards by accessing the client’s medical records.
A Chilliwack nurse found by her regulatory body to have had a romantic and physical relationship with a vulnerable client has been banned from practicing nursing for 10 years.
The BC College of Nurses & Midwives said on July 11 that it had entered into a consent agreement with licensed practical nurse Shannon Van Tongeren to address gross violations of professional and practice standards between August and September 2021.
The college said Van Tongeren was in a professional and therapeutic nurse-client relationship with a vulnerable adult.
And, he says, Van Tongeren engaged in a romantic and physical relationship with the client, breached confidentiality standards by accessing the client’s medical records, and acted unethically by continuing to contact the client after being informed of no further contact with him. .
Van Tongeren voluntarily accepted the cancellation of his registration and the ban on reapplying to the college for at least 10 years.
The college is one of 18 regulatory bodies empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate health professions in British Columbia. It regulates the practice of four distinct professions: nursing, auxiliary nursing, psychiatric nursing and midwifery.
Similar legislation in other self-regulated areas such as the legal and notarial professions also enables citizens to know about disciplinary matters in the public interest.
“The inquiry committee is confident that the conditions will protect the public,” the college said.